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Termite Inspections & Control In Phoenix, AZ

 

Termites are one of the most destructive pests for homes and businesses. By the time you see a termite, there’s a colony at work destroying your foundation, structure and maybe even your furniture. For total termite extermination in Mesa or Phoenix, AZ, trust Green Home Termite & Pest Control.

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Why Do You Need Termite Treatment in Phoenix, AZ?

In the Phoenix area, the soil surrounding new homes is treated to protect from termite infestation. Within three to five years, termite pretreatment wears off, leaving your property exposed. Homes of any age are at risk for termites, even new homes made from modern construction materials. While they are most associated with eating wood, termites can also tear through plastic, paper and drywall.

There are two primary species of termite in Arizona: the subterranean termite and the drywood termite. Drywood termites build their colonies inside of wood, avoiding contact with the soil. Subterranean termites are harder to spot because they nest underground. Our professionals are trained to located and identify termite colonies for rapid extermination.

It also helps to know your foe. Some facts about termites include:

  • No sleep: Termites never rest. They steadily consume materials and build tunnels as they move through your property.
  • Temporary wings: Termites shed their wings after swarming, leaving piles that signal their presence.
  • Long life: Termites can live incredibly long lives, up to 20 years in some cases.
  • Large colonies: Subterranean termite colonies can grow up to over a million insects.
  • Significant damage: Termites cause an estimated five billion dollars in property damage every year.

Damage Caused by Termites

The damage caused by termites will continue to spread until treated. Termites can consume plaster, mortar joints and metal siding. Walls, floors and ceilings damaged by termites may appear to sag as they grow weaker and retain more moisture. Typical damage includes tunneling and chewed portions of wood.

We provide termite inspection, fumigation and extermination services in the Mesa, Scottsdale and Phoenix areas. We stand out from other companies with a particular focus on termite treatment that is safe for pets.

How Can You Control Termites?

The best way to control termites in the Phoenix area is with regular professional termite treatment. Termites are incredibly prevalent in Phoenix and across Arizona, outnumbering us by millions. They’re likely already on your property, and if the conditions are right, they will start chewing away at your home or business. Conditions promoting termite infestations include:

  • Moisture: Wood with a moisture content above 20% is attractive to termites.
  • Firewood: Firewood stacked in soil or too close to your home can lead to an infestation.
  • Trees: Nearby dead trees and stumps create the perfect conditions for termite colonies.
  • Leaks: Leaks in your roof, plumbing, windows and around your house encourage termites.
  • Damage: Damaged gutters, siding and home foundations create entry points for moisture and termites.
  • Wood-to-soil contact: Anywhere your home has wood in contact with soil is a potential hotspot for termite activity

Signs of a Termite Infestation

When the time is right, termites swarm from their nests to find mates and begin new colonies. Termites make it a point to stay out of sight, though, so it’s easy to miss the arrival of termites at your home. This means colonies can go undetected for some time — even months or years. By the time you notice the signs of a termite infestation, you’re probably facing a significant population.

Common signs of a termite infestation include the following.

Sounds

For as small as they are, termites make a lot of noise. The loudest sound a termite creates is called headbanging — a technique for signaling danger to other colony members. When termites headbang, they are knocking their heads against wood or other surfaces producing what we hear as a soft clicking noise. Termites also generate noise while moving and eating, creating rustling, buzzing or rattling noises.

Droppings

While subterranean termites use their droppings as support for their tunnels, drywood termites push theirs out the entrance. Drywood termites are common and a persistent nuisance in the Phoenix area. Piles of termite droppings — also known as termite frass — are a sure sign you have a colony nearby. Mounds of frass are identifiable by collections of dark powder and small black markings.

Damage

Termites are destructive. They’ll leave visible signs communicating their presence. If your wood sounds hollow or feels coarse, you may have termites. Termites will also leave visible tunnels and holes in their wake as they chew through your home and furniture. In severe infestations, you’ll see entire sections of wood disappear, as the largest colonies can consume up to pound of wood per day.

Termites

The most obvious sign you’re facing a termite infestation is to spot a termite with your own eyes. Drywood termite swarmers have red bodies with black wings, while subterranean termites have black bodies and white wings. Subterranean termites — the most destructive — can grow up to an inch in length. Drywood termites are smaller, with adults reaching sizes up to 3/8 inch. Miss the termite but spot their wings? Termite swarmers drop their wings shortly after landing, often in noticeable piles.

 

We Are Your Source for Termite Extermination in Phoenix

Termite extermination for your Phoenix area home or business begins with a complete inspection by a trained termite exterminator. We will identify the species of termite and the location of their colony. Our termite services include establishing a complete barrier around your foundation using liquid termite treatments. Termites track through the barrier, carrying the liquid to their colony where the effects spread.

Our services are guaranteed. If termites return during the warranty period, we’ll come back to your home or business for additional treatment at no extra cost. We also offer ongoing treatment services for proactive termite control. To find out how much residential or commercial treatment costs, get a free quote or call Green Home Termite & Pest Control at (480) 525-7378 today.

 

Termite Treatment FAQs

The species of termites we see the most in Arizona are drywood termites and subterranean termites. Just as the names of each suggest, one type prefers to establish its colonies in very dry wood, and the other tunnels and nests underground. Both types can be active year-round in our warm climate, with the peak season occurring from about August through November.
The surest method of determining if you have a termite problem is to have a pest control professional conduct a thorough inspection of your home. There are, however, signs you can look for, including wood that has a hollow sound when tapped, visible tunnels in wood, and even soft sounds made when termites are eating and moving. Watch for termite droppings, too, which indicate a termite colony is not far away. The termite extermination experts at Green Home Pest Control will provide a complete inspection to locate infestations. We can identify the species of termite you may have and create a customized plan for getting rid of any termites you have now and for keeping your home termite-free with ongoing treatments. We guarantee our services and will be happy to return to your home at no additional cost for additional treatments if termites are spotted during the warranty period.
Getting rid of an established termite colony is a challenge that often requires the use of chemicals, but when it comes to controlling these pests, prevention is the best course of action for protecting your family and pets. Read 5 Eco-Friendly Solutions for Termite Control to learn more.
There are several things homeowners can do to help prevent a termite infestation. Many of the steps you can take are focused on your yard and your home’s exterior, including:
  • Controlling water flow around your home: Most types of termites need moisture and will be drawn to areas with higher moisture levels.  Even a rare Phoenix rainstorm can cause water to accumulate at and under your home’s foundation, so it’s important to ensure that the ground around your home slopes away from the structure. If you run water sprinklers with any frequency, avoid allowing the spray to reach the walls and foundation of your home, and be sure not to overwater.
  • Using hardscaping: In dry climates such as ours, using hard landscape materials—such as paving and gravel—is a popular way to have an attractive landscape that doesn’t need much water or maintenance. This means termites will find less moisture and food sources in your yard.
  • Maintaining an existing termite barrier: If the outside perimeter of your home has been treated with a liquid barrier, be sure to have it reapplied if you disturb it while replacing or changing your landscaping or remodeling your home.
  • Keeping food sources away from your foundation: A stack of firewood leaning against a wall or a pile of mulch in contact with your foundation give termites an engraved invitation to set up housekeeping. Keep wood well away from your home, pull mulch back at least a few inches from walls, remove any plant material that’s decaying, and prune back tree and shrub branches to keep from giving termites a highway into your home.
  • Seal access points: This is good advice for preventing all types of pest problems. Inspect your home a couple of times a year for openings around doors and windows, and points where cable or other utilities come into your home. Take time to seal even the smallest cracks and holes, and you’ll be well on your way to keeping pest populations down.
Newly or recently built homes are likely to have been treated before or during the construction process to satisfy lending requirements. The termiticides applied to new homes creates a barrier that keeps subterranean termites from reaching the structure’s wood elements, but does not provide any protection against drywood termites or termite species that have a flying stage in their development cycle.  Pre-construction termite treatments may last from two to five years, but if treated soil is disturbed or blends with untreated soil during landscaping, the barrier can be compromised. For these reasons, it’s always smart to have your home regularly inspected to ensure your home stays protected from all types of destructive, wood-destroying pests.
We serve the pest control needs of residents and business owners in Chandler, Glendale, Gilbert, Mesa, Surprise, Tempe, Scottsdale, and other parts of the greater Phoenix Metro area. Please contact us online or give us a call at (480)525-7378 for details on all of our service areas.
One of the many advantages of having Green Home Pest Control take care of your pest control needs is that our services are customized to your needs. No two homeowners’ termite problems are exactly the same—you may have subterranean termites while someone else on your street has drywood termites, or your neighbor may have a more serious infestation than you do.  After a complete inspection by one of our trained termite technicians, we will be able to provide you with a detailed estimate and a comprehensive plan for exterminating termites and prevent reinfestation. Our estimates are free and there’s no obligation or fine print.
You may be able to get rid of a few termites that you can see, such as those that swarm during certain times of year, by spraying. The problem is that for every individual termite you can see, there can be several thousand you can’t see. A mature termite queen can lay thousands of eggs every year, and some termite colonies can have up to a million termites.   DIY termite control rarely gets rid of a termite infestation for good. Over-the-counter pesticides and poisons may be taken back to the nest and kill some colony members, but they won’t take care of termites in every lifecycle stage, such as eggs and larvae. Other DIY options, such as orange oil and cardboard traps, have the same problems—they don’t completely eradicate a colony.  Since termites can cause damage that’s hard to spot until it’s become extensive, it’s important to call a professional at the first sign of trouble. It’s the best way to protect your investment in your home.
Green Home Pest Control’s termite experts provide these services and more:
  • A complete inspection of your property, inside and out.
  • Location of colonies and nesting sites.
  • Location of entry points into your home.
  • Identification of the specific type of termites you have.
  • Development of a customized treatment plan.
  • Application of liquid termite treatments to establish a barrier around your home’s foundation.
For more information on our termite treatments, including proactive termite control via our ongoing treatment services, call us at (480)525-7378 or schedule your free, no-obligation quote today.

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